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Comment: Re:Panic way over-blown (Score 3, Insightful) 496

by organgtool (#48798231) Attached to: Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

I'm not really concerned about previous NASA cuts as some roles will transition to private industry (like SpaceX).

For the most part, the private sector only cares about products and services that can make a profit within the next few quarters. That is not and never has been the purpose of government research. Government research is often done in areas where there is no immediate path to profitability, but the results of that research can be used to generate lots of money depending on what we learn from the experiments.

We used to have a good balance of public and private research in the U.S. but now public research is considered vile and to be avoided at all costs. People honestly believe that the private sector alone should be responsible for performing all research tasks despite its unwillingness to take on big projects that will greatly advance our understanding of the universe such as the large hadron collider. I'm not too worried since other countries seem content with the decline of U.S. research and are using a combination of the public and private sectors to pick up our slack, but as an American it was nice when we had the courage to invest in our future using both sectors to become the leader in scientific research. Maybe we'll eventually come to our senses, but based on the current cynicism against all things government, I'm not holding my breath for that to happen anytime soon.

Comment: Re:Panic way over-blown (Score 3, Informative) 496

by organgtool (#48797685) Attached to: Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

The very fact he;s spoken in favor of NASA before is a GOOD THING.

Talk is cheap and even the summary pointed out that Ted Cruz has voted to cut NASA's budget in the past. Follow the actions of politicians instead of their words because they have a reputation for speaking out of both sides of their ass.

Comment: Finally! (Score 1) 328

by organgtool (#48697077) Attached to: Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes
Now that the tablet market is starting to reach saturation and it's clear that tablets are not going to destroy laptops, can we get back to making good laptops? My 17-inch laptop is 8 years old and I opted to upgrade it rather than replace it because all of the new 17-inch models are either too bulky or don't have a respectable resolution for the size of the screen and price being charged.

Comment: It Almost Makes Sense (Score 4, Insightful) 230

by organgtool (#48629989) Attached to: "Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too
I find it funny that a movie that is a social commentary on how America does whatever it wants with complete disregard for the consequences of its actions on anyone else in the world is being pulled because a few people in a country that we don't even like are upset. I guess it's appropriate since the themes of the movie apparently aren't as relevant today.

Comment: Alright For Limited Use Cases (Score 1) 567

by organgtool (#48573167) Attached to: The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait
The examples shown are mostly for browsing web pages in maximized windows. If that's your primary use case, you could probably get away with using this configuration, or even a tablet. But if you want to use multiple overlapping windows to do things such as side-by-side comparisons, then widescreen is definitely the way to go. But for me, this is a moot point. I try to keep my eyes fixed on a particular spot on the screen and use the scrollwheel to move the content to my focal point. A more useful feature would be having content organized in columns similar to newspapers and magazines since they are easier to read. If that was the case, then you would definitely have a stronger reason for using your monitor in portrait mode.

Comment: Re:Open Source not a silver bullet (Score 1) 73

by organgtool (#48572519) Attached to: Why Open Source Matters For Sensitive Email

We've seen over the last year many open source, power in numbers projects have critical vulnerabilities waiting to be exposed. Those defects were sitting there for years, yet being open source didn't magically fix them.

I can't deny that - the "many eyes" argument hasn't quite held up over the years. However, the reason I prefer an open source solution is because they tend to acknowledge and fix the issue much faster than their closed source counterparts. Most of the serious security issues in open source software have a fix released within 24 hours. It takes many closed source organizations much longer than that to even admit that the problem exists. Worse yet, some vendors will deny the problem indefinitely or tell you to migrate to their new platform (which is obviously incredibly costly). With open source, you're free to fix the issue in-house or contract someone to do the work if the vendor is uncooperative.

Over the last year, I've learned that the key to internet security is that it doesn't exist.

That's the sad reality and it's completely independent of the licensing model of the software you use.

Comment: Re:depends where you live - some figures (Score 1) 516

by organgtool (#48466657) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?
Since not everyone specializes in utilities benchmarking:

SAIDI: System Average Interruption Duration Index (average duration of interruption measured in hours)
SAIFI: System Average Interruption Frequency Index (average number of interruptions each customer experiences per year)

Comment: Re:Systemd Is Inevitable (Score 2) 581

by organgtool (#48417161) Attached to: Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

From what I gather, it's not *that* bad - most apps depending on systemd do so for the cgroups support.

That's the case now but soon desktop environments will start using logind and applications may start using journald. As systemd continues to offer more tightly-coupled modules, applications will likely start relying more on these modules until the point that systemd will likely be a requirement for almost all applications and desktop environments.

What this country needs is a good five cent ANYTHING!